During challenging times it can be difficult to remain positive and mentally tough. Even when the world is functioning more “normally” most of us experience stress and have negative thoughts. It’s normal to have negative thoughts, but when negative thoughts turn into negative thinking patterns your mental health can suffer. Negative thinking patterns, also known as cognitive distortions, can lead to or worsen anxiety and depression. The good news is, there are steps you can take to combat cognitive distortions.
What if you could feel better about yourself and more empowered in your life simply by saying nice things about yourself? That’s the idea behind positive affirmations.
But while positive affirmations can help people feel more confident or able to successfully navigate trying times, they can sometimes have the opposite effect. Read on to learn what positive affirmations are and how they can affect you positively.
Self improvement is a popular topic and it is also important to focus on inward development. Incorporating minor changes to your routine can elevate your creative output and increase productivity throughout the year.
These tips for maximizing creativity were compiled by a variety of experts and psychologists. Read the simple suggestions below to improve your daily routine and inspire more innovation.
Serve smaller plates and turn the TV off during meal times: simple changes to the way we consume food can have a positive effect on how much we eat, say Prof Charles Spence and chef Jozef Youssef.
«New year’s resolutions have a long history. The Babylonians pledged to return borrowed objects and repay their debts at the start of each year, while the Romans kicked off January by making a vow to the god Janus (from whom the month takes its name). That’s centuries of potential for broken promises.
Psychologists recently proposed that, for behaviour change to occur, people must have the capability, opportunity and motivation to make it happen. Often people aren’t making resolutions for the right reasons, says Gardner: “They think that because it’s new year, they’re obliged to say they’ll change their behaviour. But once they face the reality of what they’re doing, they give up because they aren’t motivated enough in the first place.”»